American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers program held their annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, where they announced the winners of the Achievement Award. Each of the award runners-up received a Case IH Farmall® 65A.
The Achievement Award winners are chosen based on their leadership skills, personal accomplishments and the growth of their operation.
Congratulations to this year’s runners-up!
Dwight and Jamie Little, Newdale, Idaho
Dwight and Jamie Little, of Newdale, Idaho, are thrilled to add another piece of equipment to their third-generation farm. The operation that started with bottle feeding orphan calves has grown to 1,000 acres of crops and 9,000 acres of pasture for 160 beef cattle.
The couple got involved with Farm Bureau about seven years ago. They both sit on their county board and serve as district chairs for their state YF&R program. They remain involved in as many ways as possible. They feel that Farm Bureau has given them the opportunity to meet a lot of neat people and really good friends.
The Littles plan to use their new Farmall mainly for potato production.
Shane and Mary Courtney, Bagdad, Ky.
Shane and Mary Courtney both farm full-time on their operation near Bagdad, Ky. They began in 2008 with 27 acres of tobacco and now farm more than 600 acres of burley tobacco, vegetables, soybeans and corn. They also raise beef cattle.
The Courtneys are very involved with Farm Bureau at the county, state and national levels. They have served on their county board of directors, participated in the state Young Farmers & Ranchers program and met with members of the congressional leadership team. They like that Farm Bureau gives them the platform to talk about issues that affect their farming operation.
The couple plans to use the new Farmall mostly for their livestock operation.
Jacob and Danielle Larson, Okeechobee, Fla.
Jacob and Danielle Larson own and operate a dairy farm and beef cattle ranch in Okeechobee, Fla.
The couple is actively involved in Farm Bureau. They started by joining their county’s Young Farmers & Ranchers committee and then moved on to have roles on the local county board, state dairy advisory committee and district board. They now represent their district on the state board. They support Farm Bureau because it is the one organization that they feel lines up well with their belief in God and passion for agriculture.
The couple plans to use the Farmall for mowing large areas and hauling things on their farm.